Theme & Variations
Sundays @ 2pM

Theme and Variations introduces a new topic each week, presenting a wide range of music associated with that theme. Drawn from a millennium of Western classical music, the selections are an eclectic mix of familiar favorites and rarities. Theme and Variations is produced locally in Discover Classical’s studios by host Joe Law.


This week you'll hear music based on fairy tales composed by Engelbert Humperdinck, Leos Janacek, Toivo Kuula, David Lyon, Jules Massenet, Maurice Ravel and Boris Tchaikovsky.


Travel to London this week with music describing that city composed by Eric Coates, George Dyson, Edward Elgar, Orlando Gibbons, John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams.


During his tenure as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, Antonin Dvorak composed a good deal of music, most famously the "New World" Symphony and the "American" String Quartet. This week you'll hear four other pieces from his years in America: a cantata, a concerto, a solo piano work and a string quintet.